Paris thieves nab $1.3M in Apple products in New Year’s Eve robbery

In a heist that could have been taken directly out of a Hollywood movie, armed and masked robbers made off with an estimated $1.3 million in Apple products during a heist of an Apple store in central Paris on New Year’s Eve. According to Dow Jones Business News:

“The robbers gained access to the store via a service entrance where they assaulted the store employees, and then “calmly” picked through the boxes of Apple products, taking iPhones, iPads and MacBook laptop computers. The store closed at 1700 GMT (9 p.m. Pacific time) on Monday with a single security guard and a cleaner present, and the thieves entered three hours later.”

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The robbers then apparently loaded the stolen products into a vehicle and fled the scene. According to French news reports, the estimated loss was pegged at around $1.32 million U.S., though the police have not confirmed that amount.

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Apple offers free shipping on all purchases made before Dec. 22

Apple Offers Free Shipping On All Items Purchased Through Its Online Store Before Dec. 22

If you are anything like me you will wait until the last minute with completing your Christmas purchases, then this will be great news for you, you can now get free shipping on all items in the Apple online store. The company started the promotion today as part of its Christmas sales push, and it will run until December 22.

You can take advantage of the offer by purchasing goods from Apple’s website, or by using the Apple Store app for the iPhone and iPod touch.

Free delivery is currently only available to those in the U.S., according to Apple’s website. However, it’s possible other territories will get see free shipping soon for the Christmas rush. Thanks to Apple’s signature gift wrapping service (also free!), you can purchase gifts for friends and family via the online store and have them delivered directly to their recipients. Free shipping means you don’t have to worry about how many items you purchase, or how many deliveries you wish to make.

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Apple updates their Apple Store with personal pickup, EasyPay options

The Apple Store app has received a nice upgrade, adding several new features and international support for customers in Canada and China.

One extremely nice feature is a personal pickup option, something our US readers will be familiar with from Best Buy and other stores, basically it means you can purchase a product through the app and arrange for pickup at the Apple Store of your choice within an hour, depending upon stock availability. For those in a hurry, this will greatly cut down on the time and the hassle of fighting through the throngs of customers in a crowded Apple Store to grab something quickly.

EasyPay is something that I’m really eager to see in action. You can purchase select accessories at the Apple Store by scanning the barcode with your iPhone or iPod touch and complete the transaction from the app without having to go through a store employee. Your receipts are stored on the iPhone, so if you’re challenged to show your proof of purchase by a store employee on the way out, you’ll be able to demonstrate that you’re not walking away with merchandise.

Both the personal pickup and EasyPay features are U.S. only at this time, and EasyPay requires an iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S.

What’s New in Version 2.0

– Personal Pickup: Buy in the app and choose to pick up your order at any Apple Retail Store. Most in-stock orders are available for pickup within an hour. (U.S. only)

– EasyPay: Purchase select accessories in store quickly by scanning the barcode and completing your transaction right in the app. (U.S. only, requires iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S)

– Track your stuff: View the status of current and previous orders from the order status section in the More tab.

The Apple Store is down! (UPDATED!)

The yellow sticky note of doom has appeared, and the Apple Store is down. Usually, the Saturday night/early Sunday morning down time is for general maintenance, however with the upcoming Lion release perhaps we will see some new hardware!

As soon as the store is back up, we will let you know!

UPDATE:

It seems as if nothing has changed, however if you do notice anything different, feel free to let us know.

Apple updates their Apple Store App.

Apple has updated its Apple Store iPhone app. The update incorporates several new features, including an enhanced in-store mode that lets users get help and support quickly when they’re at an Apple Retail Store. The app also allows users to custom-configure a new Mac with build-to-order options (such as more RAM or a larger hard drive).

The Apple Store app is also debuting in many European countries, having previously been limited to the US. The app is a free download.

As rumored Apple Store gets update! Now offering interactive iPads instead of paper signs

Over the past week or so the internet has been buzzing with rumors about Apple updating their stores, now what  is being referred to as Apple Store 2.0 internally has officially launched. Just like rumored, paper signs and information cards have been swiped from Apple’s wood tables and have been replaced with super-interactive iPad 2s. These specially equipped tablets provide a simple and easy-use-view into the product right beside it.

Additionally, the iPads feature a button to call an Apple representative for assistance – sort of like an airplane call button.That’s all we’ve been able to find so far, but given that our sources nailed that part 100% – it won’t be too long until we see the other changes.

The Apple Order status System is down

For those of you who were wondering how far along your order is, there is some annoying news from the Cupertino HQ, the order status system for Apple’s online store is down until May 22. As you can see from the image above, the familiar sticky note is accompanied by text informing users of the downtime.

Unlike normally when we see the yellow sticky this doesn’t mean that the online store is down, it is functioning as normal. is is only the order status system, which allows users to check the status of current orders, that will not be back online until May 22.

According to TUAW.COM the order status system also went offline just over a year ago.